We headed to a very cold Ballarat last weekend to stay over at Amanda’s parents place. It’s always nice to escape and we all had a relaxing time.
The trip in the car was too much for Charlie
But Ella kept herself occupied
Ella & Olivia walking to the park
Charlie, Sophie, Ella & Olivia in the park
Charlie attempting the monkey bars
Father & Son
Engrossed in a movie
Reading the farm book
All wrapped up for a walk to feed the ducks on Sunday morning
Sleepyheads as Alan drove home
Dora, Daniel and Yianni visited last week and we headed to the park to tire the little ones out. Ella and Daniel played really well together, Charlie tried to keep up and Yianni took it all in from his the safety of his pram!
Charlie took a big nap when we got home and Ella asked to paint. I should have been concerned that it was so quiet and this is what I found….
Auntie Mhairi was looking after Ella & Charlie and it looks like fun was had by all!
Our little girl turned 3 today and she seems so grown up! We had a lovely morning opening presents and speaking to grandparents on skype before heading out for Charlie & Ella’s swimming lessons, stopping for a birthday baby cino along the way.
My new bike
The birthday girl in as much pink as she could find
An early morning baby cino
Ready for my swim class
In action listening to Katherine
This afternoon Amanda, Olivia & Sophie came to visit then Auntie Jill, Auntie Mhairi & Harry came for birthday tea. Blanche joined us for cake!!
Olivia & Ella
Cooking up dinner
Storytime with Auntie Jill (Ella in her Dora costume)
Happy Birthday Ella
I took Charlie for his 18 month health/development assessment this afternoon. The nurse was happy with his progress getting him to build towers with blocks, draw with crayons, point to his eyes/nose etc. and generally watching him as he bulldozed his way around her room. He weighed in at 14.045 kg (fractionally less than Ella at same age), length 57cm (3cm longer than Ella) and his head measured 50.3cm (2.3cm bigger than Ella).
I took this picture a few weeks back and forgot about it. It was taken early one Saturday morning along our street – how long do you reckon it would take to remove every individual post-it note from your car? There was no space left uncovered!
We had Ella’s birthday party this morning at Collingwood Children’s Farm. It had rained most of the previous night and still looked grey this morning but luckily for Ella the rain held off for a few hours and she ran around the farm happily with her little friends. Erin, our host, took us to milk the cow, for a ride around the farm on the tractor and for a tour of feeding the animals before we stopped for birthday tea & cake. Here are some pictures.
Ella & Daddy
The birthday cake (before the cheeky crows swooped to steal 2!!)
All aboard for a tractor ride
Ella & Amelia on the tractor
Harvey & Kerrigan feeding the sheep
Ella, Jimmy & Amelia getting a closer look at the horses
Frankie with Ella
Charlie LOVED feeding the goats
The 3 Amigos! (Jimmy, Amelia & Ella all go to Treehouse together on a Wednesday and it was the first time as parents we’ve seen them all together and they had a ball)
Ella & Jimmy
Having a chat with Emily
Ella feeding the chickens
And Charlie chasing them!
Time for birthday tea
Happy Birthday to Ella
Let’s choose my cupcake
Time for some climbing with Harvey
And climbing a tree with Blanche
New farm residents…..born last night
Time to go home…..Ella & Zoe walked backwards towards the carpark
With Charlie in pursuit
We all had a great morning and Ella was was overwhelmed with all her lovely presents, a very happy and a very lucky little girl!